April 27-28, 2021 | Virtual Event

About Net Zero Cities

From energy to waste, an increasing number of cities are seeking to achieve aggressive sustainability-related goals. But what does it mean to be “net-zero?” This event will unpack what it means for cities and counties and the reason behind the movement, as well as address implications for the private sector and the regional population at large.

Agenda At-a-Glance

Tuesday, April 27

Session I | 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Legislative Initiatives

Where does Colorado stand currently in terms of net-zero policies, including at the state and local governmental level? What specific climate policies and legislation might be forthcoming from state, local and federal governments?

Session II | 8:40 to 9:40 a.m.

Energy Storage

New technologies could revolutionize storage of energy. What specific technologies are needed to achieve net-zero goals? What Colorado companies are involved in this effort, what are the challenges, and how quickly can these technologies reach the market?

Session III | 9:50 to 10:50 a.m.

The COVID Effect

How has the global pandemic affected energy consumption and adoption of clean-energy technologies, and how can renewable-energy proponents leverage economic-recovery initiatives with net-zero goals?

Governor Remarks | 10:50 to 11:00 a.m.

Governor Jared Polis, State of Colorado

Colorado could become 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2040, a desire of Gov. Jared Polis. We’ll hear from the governor about his plans, including the costs, strategies for attainment and reasons behind the effort.

Session IV | 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Grid Resiliency

Local utilities have embraced ambitious goals toward net-zero emissions. What needs to happen on the utility front, and how are utilities deploying microgrids to ensure power continuity?

Wednesday, April 28

Session V | 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Beyond Paris

The Biden Administration is expected to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, but limits set by that agreement are not being met, and some businesses lack understanding of their part in devising a solution. What are some science-based goals that businesses can implement to do their part on climate change, how much will the greening of our electric grid help, and what other strategies are needed?

Session VI | 8:40 to 9:40 a.m.

Funding Innovation

Achieving net-zero status will require innovation on a massive scale. How will startups and innovators secure financing — including venture capital, angel investing and grants — to make it happen?

Session VII | 9:50 to 10:50 a.m.

Designing High-Performance Districts

A recent NREL report heralds HPDs as an emerging strategy for fulfilling local, national and international commitments to net-zero goals. What are HPDs, how is this strategy being implemented locally, and what are the ramifications for building electrification, energy standards, etc.?

Session VIII | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Racial Justice & Climate Change

Climate change has a disproportionate effect on people of color. What strategies will be used to ensure that historically under-represented groups are prioritized in future climate planning?